View Full Version : My first wall

04-01-2004, 07:41 PM

04-01-2004, 07:57 PM

04-01-2004, 08:00 PM
one more time... mid way...

04-01-2004, 08:07 PM
Almost there....

04-01-2004, 08:10 PM
Just need to glue 2 corner caps...

04-01-2004, 08:17 PM
This goes between mid way and done....

04-01-2004, 08:28 PM
Looks good. How long did that job take you?

04-01-2004, 08:34 PM
Combined 73 man hours... 2 guys.

I know... too long, but I haven't started anything else yet, so I figured I'd take my time and get it right the first time.

Mark Lawncare
04-01-2004, 08:35 PM
Looks nice. Where was that job?

04-01-2004, 08:39 PM
Looks good. Also looks like you did your homework. Filter fabric, drain tile. Nice job.

I don't see the drain vent to daylight in the last pic, though.

04-01-2004, 08:40 PM
Cohasset... just across from the golf course.

GM... it's there... just past edge of the pic.

Mark Lawncare
04-01-2004, 08:43 PM
Was it a celebrity lawn?

04-01-2004, 08:45 PM
Originally posted by SSLC
Was it a celebrity lawn?

No... why? Is there someone in that area?

Mark Lawncare
04-01-2004, 08:49 PM
Kate Bosworth grew up near there. She's in some movies not sure what.

04-01-2004, 10:23 PM
Looks good, I watch all these threads on walls as I am hoping to get into them soon. How did you come about your first wall?? I've done one at my parents, but it wasn't really big enough for my tastes. I want to get into them, your's looks good. I don't think thats all that long for your first one.

Gilla Gorilla
04-01-2004, 10:54 PM
Nice looking wall. If you dont mind me asking, what kinda $$$
did you charge for that?

04-01-2004, 10:56 PM
Well, technically it's not my "first wall". I've put a few together working for other contractors over the years...

This is the first officially "on my own".

I got the job by mentioning it to the homeowner... he was a recent lawn customer of mine, and had attempted to excavate the hillside himself (hence the already started "before" pic). I guess he got tired of it and quit.

One day I said "Hey Paul, ever think about putting up a retaining wall in the back there?" He asked for a price and it was sold.

I have to admit... I got alot of help from a former employer of mine... Stonybrook Landscaping, Cornwall NY. Anytime I ran into a problem, he was a phone call away w/ the answer. Good guy.

Total was in the neighborhood of $4k

Heron Cove PM
04-02-2004, 10:56 PM
Nice job. What brand of block did you use?

04-03-2004, 04:35 PM
Looks good, what is the black liner behind your wall, I've seen that before but forgot what the point use of it was.


04-05-2004, 08:23 PM
Originally posted by NNJLandman
Looks good, what is the black liner behind your wall, I've seen that before but forgot what the point use of it was.



that's filter fabric that keeps the fines out of the crushed stone drain field behind the wall.

04-05-2004, 09:56 PM
Heron Cove....

They were "Ideal" blocks... "Pavers by Ideal" a local company out of Waltham (I think). Purchased at my local quarry.

I've actually never heard of them, but they had been recommended by other locals... I'm familiar w/ uni-lock, and the flanged versions... so these were a little different... but they look ok.

One thing that sucked is they didn't split very well. Ended up breakin down and buying corner blocks. I guess we'll see how they hold up.

05-11-2004, 09:37 AM
Lokks very precise and very nice :) !

D Felix
05-11-2004, 08:35 PM
Somehow I missed this thread the first time around...

I count 5 courses above grade, which should be enough to install geo-grid. Did you?

Other than that it looks good.


JB Landscape
05-11-2004, 10:58 PM
72 hours? Wow! What took 2 guys so long? Don't get me wrong the wall looks great.